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Stream Trail 6 - Eastern HophornbeamNear the fallen tree covered with mosses and other epiphytes is a medium sized, gray barked tree. The bark of this tree is broken into fine plates and its leaves are elliptical, dark green, and doubly saw-toothed on their edges. This is an eastern hophornbeam, a relative common under-story tree of eastern forests. This species, though, is not found in any other section of our Nature Trail. The eastern hophornbeam is also called the "ironwood tree" in reference to its extremely strong wood. It was used as fence posts by European settlers and for other purposes demanding a very tough, resistant woody material.

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